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11  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Poinsettia Punchneedle on: November 24, 2009 04:58:58 AM
I took out a punch needle kit out then put it back when it starting talking about special material.   Now I have renewed interest.  Thanks for sharing!! 

You can punch onto a lot of woven fabrics, but here's a tip: if your fabric won't support it, just iron woven fusible interfacing (not fusible web) onto the back before you begin and it'll work just fine!
12  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Poinsettia Punchneedle on: November 23, 2009 02:50:56 PM
You know, I have the whole punch needle set complete with thread but I could never get the hang of it, but I really like what you did with this poinsettia Smiley 

Thank you! If you have any punchneedle questions I can help you with, I'd be happy to! It's really simple once you get the basic punching motion figured out.
13  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Poinsettia Punchneedle on: November 23, 2009 12:52:01 PM
I just love punchneedle! It took under 2 hours to make this poinsettia ornament (it's about 2.5" across). I locked the backing fabric with fabric glue so it wouldn't fray and then snipped the excess fabric away around the edge of each leaf. It has a felt backing to hide the back of the embroidery.

If you'd like to make one too, I've put up the pattern and full directions on my blog: http://www.planetjune.com/punchneedlepoinsettia/

I think it makes a really cute tree decoration (I know it's a bit early - I got the tree out just to take this pic and then put it away again!  Cheesy)
14  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Amigurumi Deer (pic heavy!) on: November 17, 2009 04:44:13 PM
Fantastic work! She is so amazingly cute! The shaping of the felt around her eyes is just beautiful. And I loooove how spindly you managed to make her legs - you must have used some pretty heavy duty wire for that? I don't think she'd have been able to stand with just pipe cleaners in them!
15  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Mischievous Kitty with Goldfish Tank :) on: November 17, 2009 04:37:57 PM
So cute! I love the details Smiley
16  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: HINGED trinket box **TUTORIAL** on: September 08, 2009 02:41:34 PM
Very cool, I love the colours in the cane and the hinge is really clever! THIS ROCKS Smiley
17  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Embroidery Floss Organization or The Crazy Woman makes a Chart PIC HEAVY on: August 26, 2009 11:42:37 AM
Wow, that's crazy... crazy cool! *THIS ROCKS*
18  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Punchneedled coffee sleeve/cozy on: August 26, 2009 11:31:33 AM
awsome! Cheesy...  great work!..the colors are very nice..  can the picture get adapted for cross stitch?..

Thank you! No, I'm afraid it wouldn't work for cross stitch - punchneedle isn't worked in squares and the fine detail of the animals would get mangled if you tried to convert it.

I designed it this way specifically for punchneedle embroidery - cross stitch makes it easier to achieve shaded effects with many floss colours (which you can't easily do with punchneedle), but punchneedle is the perfect medium for creating bold designs with blocks of colour Smiley
19  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Punchneedled coffee sleeve/cozy on: August 20, 2009 07:05:37 PM
i love it! then i read your blog about it and loved it so much i went out and got a punch needle. but i'm having issues! the loops don't stay and my fabric ends up with a big hole in it. if i scratch the fibers the hole goes away, but it's so frustrating. what is weaver's cloth? i assume it is very dense with woven fibers?

Uh-oh, I'm sorry to hear you're having problems. There are several possible reasons - e.g. you may be holding the punchneedle facing in the wrong direction. Also, your fabric has to be woven tightly enough to hold the loops in place: when you stretch the fabric in the hoop, the fibres of the fabric are stretched apart.; when you release the fabric from the hoop, the fibres close up again and lock the loops in place. Weavers cloth is coarsely woven compared with quilting cottons etc - it looks more like linen - and has very little stretch.
20  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Punchneedled coffee sleeve/cozy on: August 20, 2009 04:12:09 AM
Amazing results!
I am no good with my punch needle.. I do a line or so, then tear the whole thing out. :/

You should stick with it for a bit longer - it always looks terrible at first! The loops need to be supported by more stitches all around them before they stay in place. When I punched my elephant it just looked like a solid blob of brown (no visible trunk or legs - just one big semicircle) until I punched in the sky around it, and then it suddenly magically turned into an elephant Smiley
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